West Virginia police kill man in early morning shootout

Police in West Virginia say they killed a man who used a woman as a human shield and shot at officers during a wild standoff. (Image from MGN - Copyright: Pixabay)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they killed a man who used a woman as a human shield and shot at officers during a wild standoff.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial says officers shot 41-year-old Jarod Lee Smith early Tuesday.

He says officers were responding to an armed robbery report when they saw Smith holding a woman at gunpoint near a gas station. When officers told him to drop the weapon, according to Dial, Smith pulled out a second gun and started shooting at them.

Dial says Smith then took the woman as a human shield as he attempted to get into the gas station’s store and then steal a car. When that failed, Smith fired multiple rounds into a police cruiser before officers shot him.

No one else was hurt.